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Jamie asks...This question is about:
How can I train my dog if the other people in my house refuse to help and do the opposite of what you're not suppose to do.
Brie asks...This question is about:
Hi there, I have an almost 9 month old shepherd/lab mix with horrific separation anxiety. He has broken 2 wire crates, one plastic crate and harmed himself in the process. When left alone he vocalizes, salivates, eliminates, vomits, and pants for the ENTIRE duration that we are gone. We feel like we have tried everything and are at a loss for what to do next.rn-crate training started at 9weeks rn-placed dirty laundry in crate with him rn-tried a thunder shirtrn-food puzzlesrn-DAP collarrn-crating him with other dog in the homern-bonesrn-Dog park EVERY day for millstone hours to wear him outrn-Prozac and OTC calming supplementsrn-not crating at all (he becomes destructive)rnHonestly, I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of thing that we have also tried to rectify the issue. He is a part of our family and we would be devastated if we needed to rehome him, but it is obvious he's not happy when away from us, and it breaks my heart. Please help.
Whitney asks...This question is about:
My dog is doing very well at house training. He hasn't had an accident in about 3 weeks now. We are considering sending him to a nice dog daycare. My only concern is that they don't take the dogs out to use the potty. They let the dogs potty inside and then clean it up. My dog has also eaten his poop twice. I am concerned that he'd be eating his poop (or other dog's poop) all the time. Should I be concerned about him moving backwards on his house training and wanting to potty inside after going to daycare? Should I look for another daycare that takes the dogs outside to use the potty?
Helen asks...This question is about:
I have three dogs. One who is about 10 years old, Ethel, and two others that are under 1 year, Tate and Mobie. All are female. I'm having a problem with Tate, who is about 10 months old and brain damaged from being hit by a car at 2 months old. She is the sweetest dog with everyone and so lovable. All she wants is someone to love her and be with her. Though we sometimes have to coax her the entire time to get her to eat; she has no problem with people around her food bowl or even putting their hands in her bowl and grabbing food. Though her lack of appetite isn't our main problem. We feed her in a separate room from the others. rnWhen she decides she's done, she will completely ignore the food bowl no matter how hard we try and wants to be reunited with the other puppy. So we have to remove the food bowl or our other dogs will eat from it and she does not like that. We show her that the food bowl is being removed and give her one more chance to eat from it, she will refuse like always. We wait a few minutes before actually opening the gate and letting them all in the same room. She doesn't have much of a problem with the other puppy, but she will attack Ethel if she does something Tate doesn't like. Usually going in the general area of where her food bowl use to sit, but doesn't anymore. It isn't play fighting, it's teeth-baring, menacing growling, lunging to bite aggression. They have to be physically separated. It isn't every night, just two or three times a month. rnIt is clear to Tate (who is the same size as Ethel - Medium) that Ethel is the alpha. Tate doesn't bother Ethel, doesn't take her toys, avoids playing with Ethel because Ethel doesn't like how Tate plays. If Ethel comes up to Tate and growls, Tate will drop to the ground and bow her head. Tate will let Ethel have any toy she was playing with. Tate will stay back from the water dish if Ethel is drinking, though Tate and Mobie drink out of it at the same time. Tate knows Ethel is the alpha, and it's very strange that Tate will attack her. Sometimes, after feeding Tate will attack for seemingly no reason, just that Ethel had passed by her and Tate didn't appreciate that very much. The attacks can be sudden or growling can take place for just a few short seconds beforehand. I feel that it's linked to food aggression, though with no food directly in the equation, it's hard to know exactly why this is happening. It's out of the ordinary for her and she doesn't act this way at any other time.rnThere are no articles about this specifically and it's hard to know what to do about it. I really appreciate your time and any advice you have. It would kill me to have to rehome her, as she was already placed back at her rescue multiple times for her disabilities, and I have really fallen in love with her.
Shannin asks...This question is about:
I have had Zoe since she was about 1. I got her from Halo Animal Rescue in Phoenix. She has terrible separation anxiety, but only with me! My husband does not like her, so she only gets positive attention from me. She is afraid of him. As soon as she hears my truck pull up out front, she starts barking, when she is outside. If she is inside, my husband leaves her in her kennel & she will start to whine the minute I walk in the door. At night, when it is time for bed, she sleeps in her kennel. She whines at night as well, which in turn angers my husband. It has gotten to the point where my husband demands that I sleep out on the couch to keep her quiet, so he can sleep. Otherwise, he said she will be sleeping out in the shed or she will need to be taken to the pound! I love my Zoe, but something has to change! Please help!!! 🐶